4 Daily Fantasy Baseball Stacks for 4/18/17
Stacking can be a controversial topic in many daily fantasy sports, but you can count baseball as a glaring exception. Here, it's universal.
Using multiple players on the same team on a given day presents you with the opportunity to double dip. If one of your players hits an RBI double, there's a good chance he drove in another one of your guys. When you get the points for both the run and the RBI, you'll be climbing the leaderboards fast.
Each day here on numberFire, we'll go through four offenses ripe for the stacking. They could have a great matchup, be in a great park, or just have a lot of quality sticks in the lineup, but these are the offenses primed for big days that you may want a piece of.
Premium members can use our new stacking feature to customize their stacks within their optimal lineups for the day, choosing the team you want to stack and how many players you want to include. You can also check out our hitting heat map, which provides an illustration of which offenses have the best combination of matchup and potency.
Now, let's get to the stacks. Here are the teams you should be targeting in daily fantasy baseball today.
Kansas City Royals
If you're playing exclusively in cash games tonight (and this is one of the better slates to do so), skip down to the blurb on the Cleveland Indians first. They are likely the best option on this slate. However, because this is such a big slate, we need to try to avoid the most popular stacks, and Cleveland figures to be right in that group. The Kansas City Royals may not be quite as chalky, and that amps up a team that already has plenty of appeal.
We're initially drawn to the Royals due to the opposing starting pitcher in Matt Cain. Cain's SIERA is stack-worthy this year at 4.76, but even that may not fully reflect his level of pitching. His swinging-strike rate is 6.2%, meaning his 19.2% strikeout rate will likely decline as the season goes along. Once that happens, his SIERA will balloon, and the 12.8% walk rate and 34.4% hard-hit rate he's allowing will become major concerns. Add in that he'll have to face a designated hitter against the Royals, and you get a recipe for destruction.
The luxury of stacking against Cain is that we don't need to limit opposing hitters based on their handedness. He's far from limiting against lefties while allowing extra hard contact and a 42.6% fly-ball rate to righties, setting up well for a scorching-hot Salvador Perez.
#MLB Salvador PÃ©rez se fue para la calle en el encuentro ante los Angelinos. Con este bambinazo, el criollo ya suma cinco en esta campaÃ±a. pic.twitter.com/0rsoAR30EH
â€” A Toda Mecha (@atodamechatv) April 15, 2017
Perez has pumped out a ghastly 52.8% fly-ball rate this year, helping him send five balls into orbit in just 47 plate appearances. His catcher eligibility and $2,900 price tag on FanDuel make him a no-brainer inclusion for this potentially fun stack.
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